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Why Prince Edward and Sophie are moving out of Buckingham Palace

9Honey logo 9Honey 6/28/2018 Karishma Sarkari
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex are posing for a picture © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd

Prince Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex will be moving out of Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's youngest son will reportedly move with his family, including daughter Lady Louise Windsor and son James, Viscount Severn to St James's Palace down the road.

However, it's only a temporary move.

They'll be joining Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, who will also be moving down the road while maintenance work take place, according to Hello! Magazine.

It's understood the East Wing of Buckingham Palace, which features the world-famous balcony, will begin undergoing repairs as of April next year.

This means the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Duke of York and Princess Royal will all move their homes and offices while the work takes place.

The publication reports the maintenance will not affect the "popular royal line up" - with Edward and Sophie particular favorites of Queen Elizabeth - and quote Palace officials who insist "it will be business as usual" for them all.

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Also being moved for the interim period will be 10,000 works of art from the Royal Collection.

"The Palace's electrical cabling, plumbing and heating have not been updated since the 1950s and the building's infrastructure is now in urgent need of an overhaul to avoid the very real danger of catastrophic failure leading to fire or flood, and incalculable damage to the building and priceless works of art in the Royal Collection," Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse told the publication.

Meanwhile, 120 members of staff members will shift into the Palace's West Attic where The Footman's Floor has been renovated into a large open-plan office space.

The area got its name when it was used as accommodation for servants previously.


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